Corporal Trent Brining joined the U.S. Army in August 2001. Brining deployed to Iraq in 2003, 2004 and 2005. He spent a majority of his time in Baghdad, Sadr City. In March 2005, he was hit with an RPG in Ghazaliya, a neighborhood just on the western outskirts of Baghdad.
Brining suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), shrapnel wounds to all extremities, and injuries to his left leg from the blast. The RPG also took a chunk out of his left calf. He endured 23 surgeries and four skin grafts leaving a 31-inch scar from his hamstring to his lower back. In 2006, Brining was medically retired from the Army.
Transition from military life to civilian life wasn’t easy. For Brining, with the support from family, ambitious goals, and drive, he knew he could make it. Golf is also an area that really helps in many areas of his life. It continually challenges him, helps him form quality relationships, both personally and professionally, and golf provides opportunities for many wonderful memories, including attending the U.S. Open and the Masters with his grandfather.
Brining makes time to help other veterans and veteran support organizations. He and his family have been helped along the way, so giving back is very important to him.
Currently, Brining is a financial planning associate for a local investment firm in Kansas City. He is a husband to Samantha and father of two wonderful children, son Brooks and daughter Natalee.